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Sherry Wolf Interview: Lessons Learned from the Occupy Movement

January 24, 2012

While Sherry Wolf was in Grand Rapids we had an opportunity to sit down with her and do an interview.

During our 30 minute interview we talked about the early days of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its connection to an encampment of activists last summer protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s policies in New York.

We also talked about some of the challenges of the Occupy movement, both in New York and around the country…….danger of being co-opted, connection to other struggles, the need for demands, the role it can play in an election year and its relationship to international struggles, particularly the Arab Spring.

Sherry also addressed the importance of having revolutionary patience and the great possibilities that the Occupy Movement can have for real revolutionary change in the US.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. kronstadt permalink
    January 24, 2012 6:36 pm

    Glad to see this interview was posted, I look forward to listening to it.

    That said, I’m still waiting to hear GRIID’s position on Leninism per the previous discussion:

    https://griid.org/2012/01/19/sherry-wolf-to-speak-on-occupy-wall-street-next-monday-at-gvsu/#comments

    I see that part of what you talked about was “the danger of being co-opted”. Sounds like a good conversation and hopefully part of what you asked about was the ISO’s history of co-opting and manipulating movements while they intervene in them to promote their brand of socialism.

  2. Andrew permalink
    January 24, 2012 8:45 pm

    This is a wonderful interview. @Kronstadt: If you have an argument about the ISO, I’m sure you can find a more constructive way to raise it than through anonymous s#&t-talk on the Interweb.

  3. kronstadt permalink
    January 26, 2012 1:17 am

    It ain’t “s#&t talk”, it’s a matter of clarifying what we are for/against.

    I’m guessing I’m not going to find out since two comments on this subject were ignored, but whatever.

    It seems like there’s a lot of praising that goes on here and then a lot of silence, attacks, and excuses once a criticism is raised……. so I’m not surprised I never got an answer from GRIID.

    (see for example, the recent article on wood tv & rick snyder)

  4. January 30, 2012 5:35 pm

    Sadly, no necessary changes are going to take place in U.S. Politics, such as law prohibiting big corporate money being used in election campaigns; and U.S. Tax Code reform that eliminates the big corporations and millionaires not paying their fair proportionate share of taxes; and having our government issuing our own currency that is backed by precious metals, i.e., gold, silver. That currency would be interest free unlike the money printed by the elite Bankers who own and operate the so-called Federal Reserve Bank, that lends us the money at interest. Interest rates they control, to add insult to injury. The necessary changes our government now needs will not happen until blood is shed. A lot of it unfortunately.
    The Occupy Movement is a noble cause for true patriots and a good starting point. However, the elites do not and will not abide by the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.
    The goon squads you see on display, in military-style regalia, are not there to uphold The Constitution. They are there to protect the assets, and lifestyle of the elite one per cent (1%). What’s ironic, the protesting patriots are the ones who indirectly are paying the inflated salaries of the goon squads used to oppress them.
    The situation is simplistic as that. Look at the obvious. It is in plain view. What is more, these same few elite families advocate and cause the situations that start wars. Why? Because they are controlling and creating currency and loaning it, at interest, to each side of the warring governments to finance the monetary cost of war. Every major war has been financed that way since “The War of 1812”. War is a fantastic money making enterprise if you are among the elite one per cent of the population! Even some of their lackeys stand to get big money. Many of the lackeys I speak of are your governmental officials. Most of those elected, and all who are appointed to important offices are controlled by the elite families. If a governmental official holding an important office does not do as directed that one will be eliminated. By any means, including assassination.

    Thank you,
    01/30/2012
    James Madison, IV

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